The splashing of pink rain boots announced her impending arrival. Her granddaughter, Carla, said to Charlotte, “Must you act like a child in those rain boots, Grandmother? Really, what possessed you to buy something so inappropriate as pink rain boots at your age?”
“Sweetheart,” Charlotte said, “I spent nearly all of my life doing the right things, acting the way that people expected of girls and women in my day! At age 69, I have discovered that not conforming is more fun!”
Charlotte had recently bought her pink rain boots, instead of the staid old black ones. She made a habit of jumping in every puddle of water she saw. The sheer joy of feeling free from the expectations of others made her spirit soar.
When her great-granddaughter, Chloe, came over, Charlotte let her make mudpies, getting as dirty as she wanted. She let Chloe climb trees and they wrestled on the floor, although minding Charlotte’s back. One expression Chloe never heard from Charlotte was, “Little girls don’t do that!”
She was determined that Chloe would not be contrained by societal expectations for girls! She bought Chloe pink rain boots just like hers, so that they could puddle-hop together, with much laughter and love, no matter who was looking! The power of getting old and not caring what others think of your actions is wonderful!
Written for the First Line Friday Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. The prompt is The splashing of pink rain boots announced her impending arrival.